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Domestic Violence Is Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

An Awareness of Domestic Violence including the Impact on Children and Young People

On average, survivors of domestic violence contact 11 agencies before obtaining the help they need. On average, a woman is assaulted at least 35 times before she reports an assault to the police. Domestic violence is equally prevalent among all income groups and among people from all ethnic groups. Women who have experienced domestic violence are 15 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 9 times more likely to abuse drugs, 3 times more likely to be diagnosed as depressed or psychotic and 5 times more likely to attempt suicide.

Considering these statistics, this e-learning course is suitable for any worker who is in regular contact or works regularly with children, young people and their families. The course will raise your awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence particularly for those workers that come into contact with survivors.

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

Explain what domestic violence is and who is most at risk
Recognize the difference between the facts and myths surrounding domestic violence
Describe the physical and psychological effects of domestic violence
Explain the impact of domestic violence on the unborn child, children and young people
Classify the behaviors displayed by a perpetrator
Identify positive and negative ways to support cases of domestic violence
Outline how the victim may feel
Interpret domestic violence statistics
Describe best practices
Identify the “dos and don’t’s” of assisting in a domestic violence case
Recognize when and where to get help

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$6K Reward In Teen’s Slaying

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Reward for information on Bradenton teen’s slaying is up to $6,000

BRADENTON, FL — The reward for information about who killed a Bradenton teenager earlier this month has been increased to $6,000, Bradenton police said Tuesday. The Gold Star Club of Manatee County has committed to adding up to $5,000 to the reward fund. Already, Crime Stoppers of Manatee County was offering up to $1,000 for information about who killed Fredrick L. Edwards, on July 14. READ MORE HERE

Child Abuse Advocate Jailed

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Child Abuse Advocate Jailed On Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Charges

A Newcastle man who advised Governments on child protection has today been jailed for a range of child sex offenses. The former CEO of Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Services Steven Andrew Larkins, pleaded guilty to nine offences including producing and possessing child pornography, fraud and the aggravated indecent assault of two boys aged 11 and 12. The 46-year-old has worked in advisory roles on child protection issues for both the New South Wales and Federal Governments.  READ MORE HERE

Sandusky’s Wife Stands By Her Man, “I Still Love Him”

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

She insists he’s ‘not who they think he is’

The wife of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says she still loves him and ‘he’s not who they say he is.’ ‘I love my husband,’ Dottie Sandusky told a Centre Daily Times reporter on the streets of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on Thursday. Adding to her husband’s defence Mrs Sandusky said she’s known the man, convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse last month, for more than 40 years.  READ MORE HERE

Man Forced 7-YO Boy To Smoke Marijuana At Gunpoint

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

A 26-year-old man is accused of hitting his wife and forcing a seven-year-old boy to smoke pot at gunpoint. Justin Blake Mitchell, from McDonagh, Georgia, is being held at the Walton County Jail without bond since the July 12 incident, which took place at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. According to arrest reports, Mitchell pointed a gun at the child and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t smoke marijuana.  READ MORE HERE

Chinese Children Taken Away From Their Families, Brutalized Into Future Olympians

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Watching the new ‘Mandarin Mermaid’ glide to another suspiciously easy victory yesterday – the prelude to what will doubtless be her second gold medal of these Games – my thoughts returned to the disturbing interview I conducted with another swimming sensation many years ago. Just like China’s Ye Shiwen, East German Petra Schneider had astonished the world in winning the 400 metres medley – this time at the 1980 Moscow Olympics – producing a performance of such awesome power that her rivals (including Britain’s Sharron Davis, who won silver) seemed to be lesser mortals. And as with 16-year-old Ye in London on Saturday night, so striking was Schneider’s superiority over young women who had trained equally long and hard that many observers wondered how she could possibly have been so much stronger, fitter and faster.  READ MORE HERE

3-YO Toddler Tortured By Parents, Left Physically Deformed

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The parents of a boy who was subjected to various forms of torture are now facing jail after being found guilty of attempt to murder. The abuse started when Shaurya was three-years-old and getting justice for him, now aged 13, was a long hard-fought battle for his maternal grandparents. His mother died when he was young and he lived with his father Lalit Balhara, a former Army Major, and step-mother Preeti Balhara. READ MORE HERE

Postman Arrested On Multiple Molestation Charges

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Manchester, New Hampshire  – Frank Saucier, a 44-year-old postal worker from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts was jailed after he allegedly sexually assaulted children in his mail truck. According to Manchester police, Saucier was first jailed on April 26th after several children told their parents that he had reportedly invited them inside his truck to “play house”, then spanked a 10-year-old boy.  READ MORE HERE

Woman Who Abducted Baby Apologizes 25-Years Later

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

NEW YORK – A Connecticut woman who stole a 19-day old baby from Harlem Hospital in 1987 was sentenced to twelve years in prison Monday, after the biological parents of the girl explained the trauma the kidnapping caused in their lives.  Joy White and Carl Tyson didn’t see their daughter for 23 years, after Ann Pettway made the decision to dress in a nursing uniform, snatch the baby from the nursery, and then raise the girl as her own. READ MORE HERE

Plot To Kill Students Unraveled

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Dad Accused of Plotting to Kill Students, Principal at Son’s School

SANTA ANA, CA – A 48-year old college professor is accused of plotting to murder students and administrators at his son’s former high school in Irvine. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, a professor at the UC, Irvine, is charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator?s home. The crimes allegedly began in March after Reinscheid?s 14-year-old son, who attended University High School in Irvine, was disciplined at school. READ MORE HERE
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Rusty Knife Found In Jolly Rancher Candy Bag

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

A mother of two, Amy Hu from Santa Clara, California, found an old, rusty knife in her bag of Jolly Rancher Crunch and Chew candy. The bag was completely sealed when she purchased it. According to ABC 7she bought the candy at a local Safeway and because the manufacturer has not issued a recall, the candy is still on the shelves. READ MORE HERE

Unattended 1-YO Toddler Drowned In Bathtub

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Actor Dennis Hopper’s Son Accused of Raping Young Girl

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Dennis Hopper‘s 21-year-old son has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl … after plying her with drugs and alcohol … this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.  Henry Hopper — who starred in Gus Van Zant’s “Restless” in 2011 — is being sued by the mother of an unidentified 16-year-old girl … who claims the girl met Hopper through a mutual friend in Feb. 2011. READ MORE HERE

Man Beat, Stabbed, Shoved GF Out Third Story Window With 3-MO Infant In Her Arms

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

UPDATE:  Baby Thrown Out Window By Father Dies Of Injuries

The police arrested Frederico Bruno after he viciously stabbed his ex-girlfriend and then threw her out of a third-story window while she held their 3-month-old son in her arms. The incident occurred at 7 a.m. Friday morning. Bruno was hiding in his ex-girlfriends place, when she walked in with their boy and one of her friends. He savagely attacked and stabbed the friend, then proceeded to do the same with his ex before pushing her out the window. READ MORE HERE

Shocking, Brutal Family Murder

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Couple shot dead, son aged 12 drowned in scalding bath

  • Sobbing child was tied up and gagged before being murdered in bath ‘because he could identify them’
  • The three men assaulted the father with a golf club and blade before shooting both adults
  • Family dog had stomach cut open
  • Trio worked for the family and said killings were revenge for being badly treated

Even in a country that sees 44 murders a day, this case has left the public horrified. A gang of robbers gunned down a father, raped and murdered his wife. Then, in a final act of sickening brutality, they drowned the couple’s 12-year-old son in scalding bath water. Amaro Viana was murdered to prevent him from identifying the three housebreakers who carried out the raid in suburban South Africa. The gang included the family’s gardener and the son of a domestic servant. It was claimed they were motivated by the way they had been treated by the Viana family. READ MORE HERE

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KILLERS: From left, Sipho Mbele, David Motaung and Patrick Petrus Radebe smiled in court as they admitted to their sick crimes

Amber Alert: 16-YO CA Teen

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

MONTEREY COUNTY — An Amber Alert has been issued after authorities believe a 16-year-old girl from Northern California was abducted and may be enroute to Mexico. Eunice Serrato, 16, was last seen in San Ardo on Saturday. Sheriff’s investigators believe she was abducted by two male family members driving a blue Chevrolet Tahoe who are believed to be armed and dangerous.  READ MORE HERE

Man Flew 15-YO Boy to 2012 Olympics To Work As Prostitute

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Jason Daniel Gandy, 35, from Houston, Texas, was arrested on Wednesday for taking a 15-year-old boy to London to sexually exploit him. According to chron.com, Gandy was charged with transportation of a minor for a commercial sex act. This charge could put him in prison for up to ten years and a fine up to $250,000. READ MORE HERE

Ex-Police Officer Indicted On 44 Counts of Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

LAFOLLETTE – A former LaFollette police officer indicted on 44 felony counts of child sex crimes has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List. The investigation of Michael Shane Baker, 39, began in Georgia several months ago. Baker is accused of having inappropriate contact with an underage girl through the Internet, webcams and text messages between August and December 2011. The indictment says Baker allegedly got the girl to engage in sexual activity and simulated sexual activity. READ MORE HERE

Three Shot Dead, Girl Kidnapped, Found Safe In Another State

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

QUINCY, PA —  A man in south-central Pennsylvania confronting his wife about custody arrangements for their daughter fatally shot three people, then fled with the 4-year-old girl before the two were found about 250 miles away in Ohio, authorities said Saturday. The man, Kevin Matthew Cleeves, was trying to contact his wife Friday to make arrangements to pick up his daughter Leia, but his wife didn’t answer the phone, so he went to a home in Quincy Township, the (Waynesboro) Record-Herald reported, citing court records.  READ MORE HERE

Father Shoots His Kids, Self

Posted by Sandra On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

OXFORD, Mass. – A man who had recently separated from his wife shot his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing suicide, prosecutors said. A family member called police Saturday night after finding the bodies of 41-year-old Daryl Benway and his daughter, Abigail, in the master bedroom of their two-story Oxford home, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said. READ MORE HERE

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